Cooke Cemetery also known as Mankins Crossing Cemetery


After clean up and restoration


Before clean up and restoration
(John Christeson)

This cemetery is located south of the junction of CR-120 and CR-121 at the edge of a farm field and the adjacent woods.

This small abandoned cemetery is in a good state of preservation as it is located on a concrete slab and enclosed by an iron fence. It has not been cleaned for years, and there are dead, fallen branches on the slab and small trees growing in some of the fence rails. On Nov. 2, 2010, this cemetery was cleaned of branches, a fallen tree, and a number of trees growing in the iron fencing were sawed down and removed, and the concrete slab was cleaned. The brush around the fence was cut and removed. More trees will be cut down in the future.

The contact person for this cemetery is Diane Cooke. Her email address is

John Christeson and his son Eric. John Christeson and Diane Cooke did a lot of this hard work along with other volunteers.

Cemetery Has A Historic Texas Cemetery Designation


The cemetery is maintained by the “Cemetery Restoration Volunteers” (CRV) as one of the abandoned cemeteries maintained on a rotation basis of 19 cemeteries in Williamson County.  The volunteers are under the direction of WCHC’s Cemetery Committee Chair, Wayne Ware.  In 2019, there were 9 volunteers using their own equipment.  Donations received by WCHC help to defray the costs of restoring tombstones.

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 30.64759, Longitude: -97.57627

Historical Narative by Diane Parmele Cooke.

A Historical Background of the David Sackville Cooke Cemetery -

On February 10, 1859, David Sackville Cooke (born December 24, 1829, in Madison County, Tennessee) and Malvina Marion Lewis (born July 19, 1836, in Rockcastle County, Kentucky) were married in Williamson County, Texas. They died within three months of each other, and their eight surviving children inherited the Cooke homestead.

D.S. Cooke, a farmer, served as Williamson County Chief Justice from 1860 to 1862. On October 1, 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate Army. He served as a private in "C 7 Texas Calvary". He served as Williamson County Judge from 1866 to 1867. His picture is on the third-floor wall of the Williamson County Courthouse.

The Cooke homestead was about 5 miles east of Georgetown on the San Gabriel River, about one mile past Mankin's Crossing. The first Cooke to be buried on the Cooke homestead, daughter Lucy, died on October 27, 1867, at age seven. Then the following were buried there: David Sackville Cooke (1879) & wife Malvina Marion Cooke (1879); daughters Mary Cooke Magee (1891) & Minnie Ann Cooke Rogers (1896); and infant granddaughter (daughter of Emily Rebecca Cooke McCormick and James W. McCormick), born and died on August 28, 1896.

The property around the cemetery was sold on September 21, 1904, out of the J. F. Ferguson League. The deed is in the Williamson County Clerk's office in Book 109, page 550. It specifies that An acre of the land surrounding the Cooke Cemetery be set aside forever as the Cooke. Family Cemetery and would belong forever to the heirs of the D. S. Cooke estate.

Around 1940, son Melchizedek Cooke had concrete poured over the six graves and the tombstones embedded. He also had an iron fence built around the cemetery.

The David Sackville Cooke Cemetery was added to the website in 2010.


Deed Records, Williamson County Clerk Office

David Sackville Cooke family bible Letter dated July 6, 1940, from The Adjutant General's Office, War Department, Washington, D.C., signed by E. S. Adams, Major General sent to Mildred Cooke Clopton (D.S. Cooke granddaughter) to verify D. S. Cooke's war record.

National Archives, Washington D.C. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who served in the Organizations from Texas, 7th Cavalry, A-E Microcopy 323, Roll 45, Jacket 303-A, "David S. Cooke, Co., C, 7 Texas Cavalry, Pvt. Certificate of Disability for Discharge dated Camp Cleaver, Austin, Texas, January 20, 1863, signed by H. J. Hunter, Asst. Surgeon in Charge, 7th Regt., Texas Mtd. Volunteers stated that he had examined D. S. Cooke, Pvt., Capt. H. M. Burrows, and he had paralysis of the bladder and disease of the kidneys."

Inventory of the David Sackville Cooke estate filed on May 31, 1881, in the Court of Williamson County, Texas, by Sam J. Lewis, guardian Oral history of Melchizedek Cooke in the 1960's to daughter Mildred Cooke Clopton. Clopton, Mildred Cooke, The Hat Brand, unpublished history of David Sackville Cooke's ancestors and descendants. Written in the 1950s and 1960s.

Obituary for D. S. Cooke in The Sun newspaper titled, "Tribute to the Memory of D. S. Cooke," written by a Committee from the Masonic Lodge, San Gabriel No. 89, A. F. and A. M., September 6, 1879.
Williamson County Census of 1880- shows that the D. S. Cooke children were still living on the Cooke homestead, with the eldest son, Charles, working the farm.

Original document signed by Sam Houston, Governor, and E. W. Cave, Secretary of State, on September 3, 1860, commissioning David S. Cooke as "Chief Justice in and for Said County of Williamson and the State of Texas" resulting from an "election held in the County of Williamson on the sixth day of August 1860.

(The family owns the original document- a framed Photostat copy of the document was displayed in the Williamson County Courthouse in the County Auditor's Office in the 1960s and may still be there.)

An oral history of David Glenn Cooke, Jr. to daughter Diane Parmele Cooke (who is submitting this application) - taken between the years of 2005 and 2011.

Three visits to the D. S. Cooke cemetery by a great-granddaughter, Diane Parmele Cooke. Numerous visits to the cemetery by a great-grandson, David Glenn Cooke, Jr.